Bobby Baldwin

Robert Luther “Bobby” Baldwin, Jr., age 60, of Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at his home with family at his side.

Bobby was born August 29, 1961 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, son of the late Robert Luther and Rachel Baldwin.  He grew up in Joplin and attended Joplin Schools before graduating from Seneca High School.  He worked in landscaping most of his life, and held a high reputation in that field.  He loved the outdoors, whether fishing or hunting, and had an arrowhead collection that rivaled any.  He was very outgoing, and never met a stranger.  He will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his children, Robert D. Baldwin of Joplin, Bryan Baldwin and wife Katy of Joplin, and Kristina Nelson and husband August also of Joplin; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Joyce Hunt and husband Wayne of Joplin, Anita Crafford of Springfield, MO, and John “Charlie” Baldwin and wife Jennifer of Joplin; several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the family home, 4196 Greenwood Dr., Joplin, MO 64804.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Cynthia Ann Walters

Cynthia Ann Walters was born June 30, 1954, to Clarence and Shirley Havens. She grew up in Illinois with her siblings Debbie, Sam, Randy, Nancy and Brenda.

In 1971, Cindy met the love of her life, Harold Walter’s. On Valentine’s Day of that year Cindy sent Harold a teddy bear and a letter while he was in basic training. They quickly became a couple, and she wrote him a letter every day. Harold was deployed to Germany after his training. They both knew they were soulmates, and they couldn’t bear being apart, so Cindy flew overseas, and they were married shortly after in Barnstorf, Germany, on September 8, 1972.

Once Cindy and Harold were united back in the States, they decided to start their family. In 1974 their first child, Joshua, was born. Four years later they had their daughter, Angela.

Cindy would spend most of their childhood being a stay-at-home mom, teaching and loving them. Cindy also enjoyed picking up shifts at her parents’ truckstop/diner in Stockton, Illinois.

Throughout the years, Harold’s job would require a few moves to different states, but they eventually settled in El Dorado Springs, MO. Cindy began making saddles and tack, and ultimately opened El Dorado Saddle and Tack. She spent many years operating this business out of her basement in El Dorado Springs, before they moved back to Illinois and began operating her business on a bigger scale.

During her time in Illinois, Cindy battled and survived various cancers and aneurysms. In 2017, when Cindy was given a clean bill of health, she and Harold decided they would retire from their business and move to Walker, Missouri to be near their children and grandchildren.

Cindy always enjoyed doing home remodeling projects, crafts, gardening, and sewing. She was capable of creating many wonderful projects with her hands and vision. She also enjoyed having family gatherings and cookouts with her children and grandchildren. Every Fall, Cindy and Harold would harvest their garden and Cindy would spend weeks in the kitchen preserving their hard work.

Cindy succumbed to her short battle with cancer on June 20, 2022

Cindy is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Shirley Havens

Cindy is survived by her husband, Harold Walters; a son, Joshua and his wife Nicole of Walker, MO; a daughter, Angela and her spouse Amanda of El Dorado Springs, MO; grandchildren, Skylar Walters, Draven Walters, Dorrian Walters, Daniel Wyatt, Skieler Wyatt, Katlynn Wyatt, and Carlee Cooper; two brothers,  Sam Havens and his wife Rosemary of Freeport, IL and  Randy Havens of Kentucky: three sisters, Debbie Jordan and her husband David of Cedarville, IL,  Brenda Lopez and her husband Simon of Emporia, KS, and Nancy Brown and her husband Tim of Tennessee

Cindy is also survived by the many brothers and sisters she gained in her marriage to Harold: Allen (Cindy), Clarence (Laura), Vickie (Ed), Tim (Jami), Karen (Jerry), Gloria (Randy), Jenny (Jeff).    Cindy is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Ferry Funeral Home.


Madison Lynn Gilgen

Madison Lynn Gilgen, (Maddy /Goose) age 23 sadly left this earth on June 21, 2022, at her home in Rogers, Arkansas.

Maddy entered this life May 10, 1999, in Rogers, AR, to Judd Gilgen and Dee Ann Russell Gilgen.  Maddy was a girly girl and had a larger-than-life personality.  She loved babies, dogs, crafts and decorating her home, makeup, clothes, scary movies, being an aunt, cooking, dancing, singing, cheering, snow skiing, traveling, mooch night, and spending time with family and friends.  She was sassy, full of personality, and very non- judgmental, accepting of everyone.

Those left to share Maddy’s memory are her parents, Judd Gilgen (Kristy) of Rogers, AR, Dee Ann Russell Gilgen of Anderson, MO, two sisters, Whitneigh Guenther (Levi) of Glendo, WY, Katie Gilgen (Jaxson Dawdy) of Anderson, MO, a brother Creed Lindquist of Rogers, AR,  a niece and nephew, Jenna and Hunter Guenther of Glendo, WY, Grandparents Linda Jefferson of Anderson, MO, Gary and Anita Gilgen of Noel, MO, Mary Margaret Spillers of Southwest City, MO, Darrell and Jean Spillers of Southwest City, MO, Great-grandmother Jo Pearcy of Anderson, MO, Aunts and Uncles Wendy Cooper (Gary) of Anderson, MO, Jodi Bethel (Randy) of Anderson, MO, Steve Gilgen (Elissa) of Lamar, CO, Angie Thornton (Mike) of Noel, MO, Karen Woods (Frank) of Southwest City, MO, Joy Hardridge (Joe) of Zena, OK her most loved fur baby Dolly Parton, and so many Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles, cousins and close family friends.


Clay Bryant

Arlie Clayton Bryant, age 83, passed from this life into eternity on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Sheldon, Missouri.

Clay was born June 13, 1939, in St. Paul, Arkansas to James David and Marguerite Bryant.  Clay’s fondest childhood memories were spent at his paternal grandparents’ farm.  He enjoyed it so much, he let his cousins talk him into getting off the school bus at their stop – even knowing his daddy was not going to be happy when he came to walk him back home.

In 1950, the family moved to California and at age 13 Clay got his first job mucking out horse stalls for Clarence Stockstill.

A cowboy was born.

After high school, one of his first jobs was working for the water company laying pipe.  That job was the start to a life-long career in welding.  Clay enjoyed his work and the craftmanship of designing and building with pipe and metal.  He built horse trailers, horse stalls, corrals and even stainless-steel belt buckles.  While for many years he was home every night for dinner, the job required travel.  In 1969 the family moved to Idaho, where he joined the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 296 – Boise, Idaho.  His work took him throughout the Gem state, neighboring western states, and around the world.  He was a traveling man.

Clay lived for horses, breeding and riding cutting horses during the last half of his life.  He competed in local cutting events and was a three time World Qualifier and AQHA 4th in Nation Amateur 2001, and many other titles with his beloved San Mans Alibi.  He enjoyed country living and farming a few acres of hay.  After retiring, he wanted to be closer to his mother in her elder years.  And, although his roots ran deep in Arkansas soil, 150 miles was close enough, so he bought a farm in Missouri.

Clay is survived by his current wife, Sandra Kay Bryant, his daughter Lynn and Gilbert Tuning of Idaho, son Clayton J. and Laurie Bryant of Washington, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters Carolyn and Don Pinkerton, Clarice and Mike Workman in Arkansas, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, Sandy’s children Ron, Ronda, and Ronette and their families, and numerous dear friends made through the years.  You know who you are.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Adkins Cemetery in St. Paul, Arkansas.


Charlotte Ann Sloan

Charlotte Sloan of Pierce City, Missouri passed away surrounded by family and loved ones on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the age of 58. She touched many lives and was a beloved wife, mother, grammy, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many.

Charlotte was born on August 26, 1963 to the late Leo and Joyce (Williams) Parrigon . As a child, she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Pierce City, then graduated from McAuley Catholic High School in 1981 . Charlotte married Doug Sloan on April16, 1983. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Charlotte was a beloved hairdresser who worked at Designs Plus in Monett for 37 years.

Charlotte’s favorite memories involved her friends and family. As a child, she grew up in a large family and spent the majority of her time playing outside on the farm or at the lake with her 10 siblings and countless cousins. She enjoyed baking, especially with her grandkids, and made everything from scratch. She was a lover of chocolate. If you would walk into her house in the mornings, it would be no surprise to find her with a cup of coffee, paired with something sweet. She was known to go “west” on the weekends and would never miss a weekly trip to Monett to play her lottery drawings. Charlotte spent many days and late evenings at the hair shop, where her coworkers and clients became her family. Her smile was contagious and her laughter brought joy to all.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Doug, and her children Megan (Lee) Jones and Michael (Suzanne) Sloan all of Pierce City, Missouri. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Lincoln, Layla, Abel, and Finlee Jones and Charlotte (Lottie), Poppy, and Mikey Sloan; by five brothers, Neil (Bobbi) Parrigon, Tommy Parrigon, Vincent Parrigon, Wendell (Sherryl) Parrigon, Kevin (Samatha) Parrigon; by one sister Melissa (Randy) Ballay; by one sister-in-law Bonnie Parrigon; by brother-in-law, Mike Logan; by her father and mother-in-law, Johnny and Nellie Sloan; by sister-in-law, Cindy Anderson; and by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Joyce Parrigon; by brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Patty Parrigon; by brother, Mark Parrigon; by brother, Dale Parrigon; by sister, Maria Logan; by niece, Kristi Hedrick; by nephew, Brian Parrigon; and by her grandparents.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pierce City, MO with Father Matt Rehrauer officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Prayer Vigil and Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.


Geneva M. McCormick

Geneva Mae Whisman McCormick entered the Lord’s presence on June 20, 2022.
She was born on April 25, 1922, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Lee and Anna Lorene Whisman. At age seven the family relocated to Shell Knob, Missouri where she lived with her sisters; Wilda, Imogene, Robbie Dean and her brother, Jerry Waldon.

In 1943 she married Travis Smith and later welcomed her first daughter, Carolyn Sue, on February 12, 1946.
On July 10, 1954, Geneva married her second husband, Dr. Harvey F. Minor. She later welcomed twin girls, Judith Diane, and Cheryl Denise, born September 3, 1956.
Geneva was widowed in 1964 after the devastating loss of Harvey to esophageal cancer.
She later met Major Everett Lee McCormick and was married to him on June 5, 1966. She then became a mother to Lee’s children, Roger Lee, Richard Denton, Donald Carl, and Mary Kay. Together, Lee and Geneva raised their family in Grandview, Missouri from 1966-1995.
Geneva’s life was filled with the love of family and a vast array of experiences. However, it was her faith in God and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, which brought her the deepest satisfaction. Her beautiful soul was reflected in everything she did, especially in the way that she served her family, friends and church community.

She leaves behind the above mentioned children, her beloved daughters-in-law: Barbara Shirk McCormick (Roger), Sharon McCormick, (Richard), Susan Politte McCormick (Donald) and her sons -in-law, Mike Woods (Diane) and Tim McGill (Denise), her sister, Robbie Dean Williams and Sue Thomas, dear friend, who became a part of the McCormick family.
She also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.
Geneva was preceded in death by her loving husband Everett Lee, two sisters, Wilda Bray and Imogene Marshall, her brother, Jerry Waldon Whisman, her son-in-law, Dennis Williams (Carolyn), and daughter, Mary Kay McCormick.
Geneva’s legacy is still being written and a story yet to be told. Her impact on the lives she touched during her 100-year journey on this earth awaits to be revealed in our heavenly home.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Pointe of Monett for their outstanding love and care.

Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett. Reverend Robert Bradow officiating. Visitation will be from 9 ~ 10:00 a.m. preceding the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett. In lieu of flowers the memorial contributions can be made to Oak Pointe Monett, Glorieta Adventure Camp or Waymark Church in Monett. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.


Robert “Bob” Eugene Fair

Robert “Bob” Eugene Fair of Quapaw, OK passed from this life Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his home. He was 67.

Bob was born December 9, 1954 in Richland, WA. He had lived in Quapaw for the past 30 years and was a devoted Baptist.
Bob worked at Bradbury – Patch Coal. He loved driving trucks; he was a mechanic amd truck driver. He loved gardening, fishing, building and welding. Most of all playing music, listening to a good ole country music songs, there’s not a country song he can’t name with the artist. He loved dragging out his base guitar and rattling a few windows. Bob loved to listen to Dale Bradbury play his fiddle and loved to two step. Bob loved all his family. He was proud of all their accomplishments. He was a proud Cherokee Indian. He liked watching Ben Barnes, Joel Barnes, Brett Barnes and Scotty Evans lead stomp dances. He will be missed by so many.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Charletta Fair of the home, 1 son, Tommy Wilson and wife Missy of El Dorado, KS, 3 daughters, Melissa Fair of Chelsea, OK Toni Edwards and husband Mike of El Dorado, KS and Skipper Emerine of Miami, OK, 3 brothers, Dale Bradbury of Vinita, OK, Bill Ayers and wife Deb of West Richland, WA and Jim Ayers of Richland, WA, 2 sisters, Penny Paxton of Burbank, WA and Billie Bowen of Grove, OK, 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022 at Peoria Community Building in Peoria, OK. Eulogist will be William Ayers and Native American Prayer by Joel Barnes. Interment will be in Welch Cemetery in Welch, OK. Marty Snow, Brian Snow, Dale Bradbury, Ray Brunner, Steve Tramell and Bobby Bradbury will serve as pallbearers. Bob will lie in state at the Peoria Community Building. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.


Maxie Gene Mantle

Maxie Gene Mantle of Joplin, MO passed from this life Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Galena Nursing Center in Galena, KS. He was 86.

Maxie was born June 28, 1935 in Spavinaw, OK to Eugene B. and Floy Mae (Kerr) Mantle. He graduated from Commerce High School Class of 1953. He had lived in Joplin since 1999 moving there from Tuscaloosa, AL. Prior to living in Tuscaloosa he had lived in Miami, OK until 1986.

Maxie had worked in quality control for B.F. Goodrich in both Miami, OK and Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a member of First Christian Church in Miami, OK.

Maxie was preceded in death by his wife Nellie Jane Mantle, March 1, 2021, 2 daughters, Kim Dian Reed and Kathy Mantle, a great granddaughter Arianna Cornelius, his parents, and 1 brother Ronnie Mantle.

Survivors include 2 sons, Max Mantle and his wife Janie of Loma Linda, MO and Mark Mantle of Branson, MO and 1 daughter, Jan Mantle and her husband Don Geramoni of Novato, CA, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 – 12:30 Friday, June 24, 2022 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Private graveside services will be held later. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.


Ronnie Lee Waggoner

Ronnie Lee Waggoner of Miami, OK passed from this life Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his home. He was 69.

Ronnie was born May 27, 1953 in Oklahoma City, OK to Charles “Buck” and Billie Louise (Rogers) Waggoner. He lived in the Miami area over 40 years. Ronnie graduated from Harrison High School in Harrison, AK in 1971. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Baxter Springs, KS and was a machinist working for KMT (Ingersol-Rand) for 33 years in Baxter Springs, KS.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Charles “Buck” Waggoner, his mother, Billie Louise Cole, his step-father, Leon “Poppy” Cole and 2 brothers, Ralph Cole and Leroy Waggoner.

Survivors include his wife, Marcellia Waggoner of the home, 5 daughters, Roneita Baine of Wyandotte, OK, Christine Iliff and husband Joe of Baxter Springs, KS, Leann Houghton and husband Josh of Bella Vista, AR, Stacie Waggoner of Miami, OK and Rhonda Andrews and husband Dave of Baxter Springs, KS, 2 brothers, Darrell Waggoner of Diamond City, AR and Arthur Waggoner of Bergman, AR, 4 sisters, Shelly Connors of Harrison,AR, Lajuan Matlock of Harrison, AR, Lisa Jones of Lead Hill, AR and Barbara “Barbie” Manhart of Springfield, MO and 3 grandchildren, Laney Houghton, Sydney Houghton and Audrey Houghton.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Baxter Springs, KS. Rev. Shane Dotson will officiate. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.


William “Bill” Michael Baron

William “Bill” Michael Baron of Miami, OK passed from this life Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. He was 44.

Bill was born May 10, 1978 in Rome, New York to Michael and Kathy (Pelton) Baron. He had lived in Miami for the past 11 years moving from New York. He did home construction and maintenance.

Survivors include 1 son, Gavin Christopher Baron of Miami, OK, 4 daughters, Makayla Baron, Lillian Baron and Makenna Baron all of New York and Olivia Baron of Miami, OK, his parents Michael Baron of New York and Kathy Pelton of New York, 2 sisters, Katrina Baron of Arizona and Brandi Lloyd of New York, 3 grandchildren and ex-wife Madelyn Baron of Miami, OK..

Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday June 26, 2022 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Mimi, OK. Rev. Robert Eulitt will officiate. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.